Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Itís a live stand-up comedy extravaganza, also featuring mock backstage stuff, lots of improv comedy with a few special guests, and a barrage of toe tapping musical numbers. Life, love and laughter ala Sarah Silverman.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Comedian Sarah Silverman is someone who falls into the category of either love her or hate her. While some rabid fans swear by her bawdy and saucy brand of humor, many seem to take nothing but offense to her and the controversial subjects she chooses to skewer. Since funny men like Lenny Bruce, Sam Kinison, and Andrew Dice Clay have been doing the same graphic type of act long before Silverman came into the picture, I think that there may be an aversion to the fact that unbelievable words are not only coming out of the mouth of a female humorist, but also one that is as attractive as Silverman is. But donít let the beauty fool you; underneath Silverman is very much the beast, leaving no stone unturned in her brutal and laugh out loud special ironically titled JESUS IS MAGIC. (Even the name of her special has to be controversial!) Taking some improve bits, a few song parodies, and a lot of Silverman doing what she does best, stand-up center stage, the special gives enough sass, sex, and song to keep the audience interested. Lynch is an interesting choice to direct this material (he helped helm a lot of the Tenacious D stuff), as the musical numbers actually turn out to be the best thing in the film. (Itís weird, even with all the jerky lyrics, I still dug listening to Sarah sing!)
As far as the improve bits go, it doesnít hurt to have people like Posehn and Mr. Showís Odenkirk involved, who bring a little extra funny to the roles of a friend and goofy manager. But letís face it, the real star of this piece is Silverman, so itís kind of hard to recommend or not recommend this one, as you really have to be a fan of hers to appreciate the comedy. (And I am one!) Her brand of humor, dry and biting will certainly not be everyoneís cup of tea, but for those who know and love her, she doesnít disappoint. In the world of all things Sarah, Jesus may be Magic, but a stunningly beautiful woman with a scathing sense of humor is very much a reality. (And for all non-fans, get the soundtrack, cause comedy or not, Sarah can really sing a tune!)
Commentary (with Director Liam Lynch and comedian Sarah Silverman): I almost think it was a mistake to have both of these people on the commentary track at the same time. Lynch spends a lot of his time praising Silverman, while Silverman mostly riffs and cracks jokes left and right. The combo of the two is a little like oil and water, one goes down easy, the other feels a little greasy. No real big reveals here (what were you expecting?), but this one is strictly good for getting a little more Silverman comedy. (Just loose the ass-kissing director Sarah!)
The Making Of Jesus Is Magic (35:37): A very funny and detailed look at the making of the film. And although itís great to hear Sarah crack wise, it would have been nice to see just for a moment a quiet and serious Sarah Silverman. (If there is one!) The closest we get is a short appearance from boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel, who looks a little too uncomfortable during his interview. (He gives Sarah a head knuckle rub, instead of a kiss, whatís up with that?!) But again, there is more than enough funny Silverman to make this one worth watching.
Give The Jew Girl Toys Video (2:26): A wacky and balls-out music video with Sarah torturing Santa Claus, does it get any better then this?
There is also a Trailer for the film, plus THE ARISTOCRATS Trailer, as well as the Sarah Silverman Scene From THE ARISTOCRATES. (Which I still donít get, but oh well!)
This may seem like a cop out, but the final diagnosis here is thatÖyou have to decide. If you like your comedian brash, ballsy, and bold, while still being a major hottie to boot, this special is for you. If you donít like the whole in-your-face style of comedy, or just feel that those types of words should not be coming out of a mouth so exquisite (sorry, got carried away there!), bypass it. With Sarah Silverman, what you see is what you get and her aptly named special JESUS IS MAGIC is no typo; itís an intro into a world that most will never go, but for Sarah, is a place she comfortably calls home.